Humans of Garhwal, the title might be cheesy but the beautiful Hill People from Mussoorie needed a post of their own.
I love clicking people but I am often lazy, often shy. Often wondering if I am intruding their private space by clicking them. So I am often fighting with myself on whether or not to go shutter happy but this time around when I was in Mussoorie for a Garhwal food trail with JW Marriott, the beautiful hill people were too much to resist. They needed a post on their own for sure.
This is probably one of my favourite pictures from the trip (though I am guilty of not clicking too many anyways). At lakhamandal, while we had breakfast at the head pujari’s house. This granny looked on and told us a few stories. And then when I clicked her picture she told me “Bhej dena, mere baad inke kaam aayega”. (send the picture, after I go these folks can use it). It is amazing how casual people at that age are about life and death.
A while later, her great grand daughter came and stood besides her and I got a shot which somehow intrigues me. They seem to be looking at the same thing but the perceptions and the expressions are so different. The excitement of youth and the wisdom of age.
Part of the family that fed us a beautiful beautiful meal. That girl in pink holding the little one, she was so adorable. I wanted to give her a squishy hug.
And if you visit a temple, how can not there be a Pandit. This one did a Pooja which was so long, doing aarti of every stone. It left us wondering if he does it everyday or is posing for us today. (no offence meant to anyone)
A man and his goat, and oh BTW we all were in love with the goat. Which seemed to know perfectly well how to pose.
Don’t you love his smile?
All over garhwal, people opened their houses and fed us with such warmth. These were the ladies that made us one such beautiful meal.
And this boy, played a dhool (drums) larger than him and boy he did play it well.
PS: Stay tuned for post on the culinary experience coming soon, I have so much to write that I don’t know where to start 🙂
PPS : I did have a Faces of India series on my little photo blog that is dying a slow death now. Wondering if I should just go ahead and merge it with this one
Anindya Sundar Basu says
nice crisp travel story Monika. Will look forward to more of these
Thanks Anindya 🙂